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Faculty Guide to Education Research: Finding Articles

Introduces faculty to databases and database features that can help them with research.

General Search Tips

All databases will give you the option of limiting your search to Scholarly or Peer Reviewed articles.

Do not check the Full-Text only box. This will limit you to only the full-text available in THAT database, not to the extensive list of journals that are available from the Cheng Library.

If your topic is too broad, you'll get too many articles (over 500).

If you get too few or no results, check your spelling, or use related seach terms, e.g. instead of grade 12, try secondary education.

Look at the descriptors or subject terms to identify appropriate search terms.

Use the term, and, to narrow your search, e.g. computers and instruction.

Use the term, or,  with related terms to broaden your search, e.g. computers or technology.

Avoid using complete sentences or prepositional phrases in the search box.

Different databases use different search terms. You may need to adjust your search terms as you move from one database to another.

If you are working on a major research project, keep a search journal recording the databases you used, the search terms you tried, and the success of the search. This can keep you from repeating an unsuccessful search.


Find Articles about Education Topics

Here are links and brief descriptions of the Library databases that can be used to find articles in Education.

Keeping up with Research

There are many ways to keep up with new research in your field. Two options are: Journal Alerts services and Search Alerts.

Journal Alerts are generally processed through a journal's homepage, and allow you to set up notifications when new content is available.  This is often in the form of an email, and presents you with the Table of Contents for upcoming issues.  Access to full-text may require a subscription, but you can also check the Library's holdings to see if we already have it for you!

Search Alerts:

are set up through individual Library databases, and do much the same thing as a Journal Alert... EXCEPT that these alerts can be based on a search query, showing you new articles that match your search criteria.  

Remember that we can always request items through Interlibrary Loan, if we don't have them in our collections!

Getting Persistent Links

When sharing links to articles or adding them to your Blackboard courses, it’s important that you use the correct URL to ensure that links work properly.
To get a shareable link, you’ll want to look for a dedicated link that points your browser to the specific document (article, ebook, etc.). In our EBSCO databases, this is called a Permalink, but it may be labeled differently in others.

Learn more with the attached document!

  Have a Question? Contact a Librarian:

By phone

Call 973-720-2116

The Reference Desk is staffed until 10PM Sunday-Friday and until 8:00pm on Saturday.

By e-mail

Send your question to the Reference Desk via email -   Allow 24 hours for a response. 

Schedule a Research Appointment

Contact the library for an appointment with a Reference Librarian: Schedule Research Help